Lowes clings to top spot on Day 1 in Phillip Island

Feb 20, 2015

The Briton on lap record pace on the opening day of WorldSBK action

With just one session to go to decide the first Tissot-Superpole riders of the new 2015 WorldSBK season, Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) is the one that everyone is chasing after ending day one in Australia on top, courtesy of his FP1 time of 1.30.855s.

The British rider will head into tomorrow’s FP3 with a gap of 0.359s over Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) as the top 9 riders were separated by a second.

Third place in the overall classification after the opening day was Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) one of many who were unable to improve this afternoon in the much hotter conditions. In fact only 3 of the top 12 riders were able to better their FP1 times.

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) finished 4th ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and the second of the WorldSBK rookies Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) who was 6th.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) continues to find his feet after moving up from World Supersport, the reigning WSS Champion jumped up to 7th.

Niccolò Canepa (Team Hero EBR) missed FP1 due to a technical problem, the Italian managed a couple of competitive laps before falling at turn 10. He will head into tomorrow in 20th overall.

Sylvain Barrier fell at turn 11 at the half way point of FP3, the Frenchman still fast enough to claim 13th. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW Team Toth) was the unluckiest faller of the afternoon session as he sustained a left-wrist fracture and dislocation after crashing at turn 11. The Hungarian rider will undergo surgery tonight at the Knox Private Hospital. 

Leon Haslam was the last to go down, the British rider losing the front of his Aprilia at turn 10.

Reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was 12th, the Frenchman who improved throughout the final 45 minutes was lucky not to crash after saving what would have been a huge highside.

Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) found himself in 18th after his first 90 minutes of competitive World Superbike action since 2008. The Australian spending a lot of time chasing a set-up on his Ducati Panigale R machine, eventually elevating himself into the top twenty in the final seven minutes courtesy of four personal best laps in a row.

Wildcard riders Matt Walters (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Jed Metcher (Race Center – Demolition Plus Kawasaki) eased themselves into the weekend posting the 16th and 19th times at the end of the opening day.

After FP3 in the morning, 20 riders will progress into the Tissot-Superpole sessions with 10 places on offer for the fastest ten riders after the times from FP1, FP2 and FP3 are combined. As it stands Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) sits in 11th overall and will need to find at least 0.254s to move automatically into the Pole Position shoot-out tomorrow.

Source & Photo: worldsbk.com

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Lowes storms to first place on Day 1 of official testing

Feb 17, 2015

Monday 16 February 2015 – Two 120-minute sessions kick started the WSBK Official Test, the final pre-race test and ahead of the 2015 eni FIM World Superbike Championship season opener with Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) sitting pretty atop of the combined times.
With almost perfect weather conditions the 25 protagonists who will do battle in Sunday’s 22 lap races relished the opportunity to fine tune their machines across the opening two timed periods.

Ex MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) led the field for the first 74 minutes of the day before Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) each took their turn at the top, but it was in the afternoon when the times really tumbled. The Frenchman crashed at the high speed turn 11 in the closing minutes of the afternoon, sustaining bruising and took no further part in the day’s proceedings.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) ended the first 2 hours on track a fraction ahead of his team mate Tom Sykes.

In the early minutes of the afternoon, Italian Davide Giugliano (Aruba Ducati SBK) crashed at the fast turn 11. He was unable to rejoin. When the circuit re-opened it was former World Champion Tom Sykes who produced a run of fast and consistent laps to close the gap to his new team mate before a number of riders set personal improving laps.

With 2 minutes to go Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) unleashed the fastest lap of the test so far to edge session one pace-setter Jonathan Rea by 0.331s.

Leon Haslam also improved late on, displacing Sykes who ended day 1 in 4th overall ahead of the impressive Spanish rookie Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Davide Giugliano whose time from the morning kept him in 6th. Sykes did however have the accolade of completing the most laps – 72 in total.

Chaz Davies on the second of the factory Ducati machine was 7th, Randy De Puniet 8th, and reigning World Supersport Champion Michael vd Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) 9th.
Former 125cc World Champion Nico Terol rode his Althea Racing Ducati into 10th overall ahead of compatriot and 2014 EVO winner David Salom (Pedercini Kawasaki) who was 11th.

Reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) eased into his title-defending season with 13th overall just behind MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s new recruit Leon Camier.
The new-look Team Hero EBR squad of Niccolò Canepa and Larry Pegram were in fine form with Italian Canepa claiming an encouraging 14th at the end of 4 hours of testing.

Australian wildcard Jed Metcher was 18th overall on his Superbike debut, improving significantly in the afternoon session. Of the other rookies Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) was 19th, Santiago Barragan (Grillini SBK Team) 22nd and the youngest full time entry in this year’s series Christophe Ponsson (Grillini SBK Team) 24th.

The final two 120-minute timed test sessions will take place tomorrow at 9.10am and 1.30pm local time (GMT +11).

World Supersport

The penultimate day of World Supersport testing ahead of the first round of the season ended earlier today with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) coming out on top after two 110-minute sessions.

In the opening period it was former champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who emerged on top 0.699s ahead of 2014 Phillip Island race winner and the 2014 vice champion Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), the pair several tenths ahead of the rest of the pack. The later afternoon session saw the morning head wind on the Gardner Straight subside resulting in brace of faster times.

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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Phillip Island to set 2015 WSBK season in motion

Feb 17, 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015 – The 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship is less than a week away from its first showing and the riders are already in Australia to prepare for the opening round, which will be preceded by a two-day official test starting next Monday.


This year’s edition of the Australian round, sponsored by leading insurance company Swann, will be the 25th in the history of the series, an all-time record in terms of most World Superbike events staged by a single circuit. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit made its debut on the World Superbike calendar back in 1990 and, after a brief absence in 1993, has been hosting a round of the championship ever since. From 2010 onwards the Victorian venue has hosted the opening event of the season.


As well as being the fastest on the calendar – with a current fastest average speed for the series of 177.720  km/h – and a favourite for riders and fans alike, Phillip Island is generally regarded as one of most spectacular race tracks in the world. Located on the southerly most tip of Australia amid wonderful coastal scenery, the 4.445 km (2.762 mi) track features seven left-hand corners and five right-handers and many elevation changes up to almost 60 m.


The New Year comes with several changes on different levels. Seldom has the series has witnessed as many changes in the rider line-up as new partnerships, welcome returns and new arrivals have shaped the 2015 grid in a new way compared to the one seen last year.


With Reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli joining the Pata Honda squad with 2014 World Supersport title winner Michael van der Mark, former team members Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have gone for a change and entered the Kawasaki Racing Team and the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils outfits, respectively. Both Britons will be in good company, as Rea will have 2013 WorldSBK Champion Tom Sykes as team-mate while Haslam will share his new garage with former Moto2 Grand Prix winner Jordi Torres from Spain.


Catalan Torres makes up just a quarter of the Spanish rookie contingent that will try to follow in the footsteps of Carlos Checa. The 125cc World Champion of 2011, Nicolas ‘Nico’ Terol (Althea Racing Ducati), Santiago Barragan (Team Grillini SBK) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) are eager to test their skills aboard superbike machines.


Former Grand Prix ace Randy de Puniet from France will be on double duty this year, tackling his maiden World Superbike season with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team alongside 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes while retaining his job as Suzuki MotoGP test rider.


The newly-named Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team has kept things unchanged on the line-up side, with Chaz Davies and especially Davide Giugliano showing great speed aboard their Panigale R machines during the last European test of the pre-season at Jerez back in January. The latter is now looking to step atop the podium for the first time in his World Superbike career, an eventuality that could coincide with Italy’s 100th race win since the WorldSBK was inaugurated in 1988.


Elsewhere, there are welcome returns to the championship. Argentina’s Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado steps up with the Barni Racing Team with which he claimed last year’s FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, while Matteo Baiocco partners the aforementioned Terol at Althea Racing. In single-rider teams are the likes of David Salom (Team Pedercini), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), while the Hero EBR (Pegram Racing) outfit moves into its second season with Team Manager-rider Larry Pegram and Niccolò Canepa.


2015 also marks significant revisions to the technical regulations, not least in the areas of electronics (with a new price cap) and engines (with less tuning permitted for pistons and conrods especially). Not only are costs hoped to fall as a result, but the new rules are set to make the championship more attractive to privateer teams and are expected to result in a generally more competitive grid from the start of the new campaign.



World Supersport

The FIM Supersport World Championship is about to get started with – as usual – many potential title contenders. Three-time World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu is eager to return to winning ways after a tough 2014, which saw the 30-year-old Turk struggle in the first half of the season only to find himself without a ride after the summer break. Thanks to the efforts by Kawasaki, Sofuoglu was able to finish the season with the San Carlo Puccetti Racing team – the same outfit he is going to tackle the 2015 edition of the series with – which in the meantime has become the manufacturer’s factory team in World Supersport.

After finishing as runner-up for the second time in two years of participation in the category, Jules Cluzel is back to business aboard the F3 675 of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team, joined this time by Lorenzo Zanetti.

Last year’s title-winning squad Pata Honda has recruited young Briton Kyle Smith as the team’s sole rider for the year, unlike CIA Landlords Insurance Honda which fields a significant four-rider line-up consisting of the returning Gino Rea, Martin Cardenas, Kieran Clarke and Riccardo Russo.

Frenchman Lucas Mahias will be alongside confirmed rider Patrick Jacobsen within the Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres Team, while last year’s FIM Europe Superstock 600 champion Marco Faccani steps up to the new World Supersport challenge as Sofuoglu’s team-mate in the San Carlo Puccetti Racing Team.

After taking part in selected rounds last year, Alex Baldolini is going to contest the whole 2015 season with his own ATK#25 MV Agusta team. Fellow Italians Roberto Rolfo and Christian Gamarino will race with Team Lorini and Team Go Eleven, respectively.

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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Fassi Gru and WSBK together for the third year

Jan 30, 2015

Thursday 29 January 2015 – World-leading company in the crane and industrial-lifting sector, Fassi Gru, has confirmed its presence alongside the eni FIM Superbike World Championship as Official Sponsor of the series for the 2015 season.


CEO of the Fassi Group, Giovanni Fassi, said “Our presence as SBK Official Sponsor for the third consecutive year is proof of the visibility this investment has given to us over the previous years.”


The company celebrates its 50th anniversary as a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cranes this year and, along with the global leadership in this sector, Fassi Gru aims to boost the brand popularity in emerging markets. “The 2015 calendar and in particular the Thai, Malaysian and Qatari rounds further emphasise the synergy between our marketing strategies”, added Fassi.


Marc Saurina, WSBK Commercial and Marketing Director says: “It is a great pleasure for us to see the continuation of partnerships such as this important one with Fassi Gru. The company has enjoyed a growing profile during its time in World Superbike, especially as we have expanded the series to many exciting new countries. We would like to congratulate Fassi Gru on their 50 successful years in business, and we wish them a bright future as we continue our partnership.”


The Fassi brand will appear at every round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Fassi cranes, installed on demonstration vehicles, will be displayed within the paddock during most of the events.


Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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Mike Páez Regresa de Rosario, Argentina

Nov 17, 2014

En su primer mundial como patinador en categoría de mayores, Mike Páez regresa a México con un balance aceptable en su participación Rosario 2014.

Tras competir en el Campeonato Mundial de Patinaje de Velocidad Rosario 2014, donde obtuvo resultados destacados en apenas su primera aparición como patinador mayor en un evento de tal magnitud como el celebrado en la ciudad argentina, ahora Mike Páez se enfoca en los Juegos Centroamericanos.

El subcampeón mundial juvenil en la prueba de maratón en Italia 2012, consiguió destacarse como una de las revelaciones del Mundial de Rosario, no sólo por sus buenas condiciones físico-atléticas, sino porque logró ubicarse en dos pruebas dentro del Top10, algo que lucía complicado pero que gracias a su capacidad técnica, misma que ha adquirido desde sus inicios como patinador, le valieron para demostrar su calidad, y un claro ejemplo fue en la prueba de los 20.000mts, competición en la que finalizó en el 9no sitio de un total de 38 participantes.

Ahora, el tapatío tiene la encomienda de hacer un papel sobresaliente en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Veracruz 2014, pues aunque participará en su país y con el apoyo del público jarocho, el desconocimiento por Mike hacía la pista donde se llevarán a cabo las pruebas puede ser un factor en su contra, sin embargo, ese no será un impedimento para que demuestre su capacidad y represente a México a su máximo nivel, tal y como lo hace en cada lugar en el que se presenta.

Otro atractivo dentro de los Juegos de Veracruz 2014 será que Páez tendrá que verse las caras con patinadores que recién enfrentó en el Mundial de Rosario 2014, tales como los deportistas de Argentina, Venezuela y Chile, representativos que se ubicaron entre los principales medallistas de la justa pampera, además de Colombia, país que tradicionalmente es de los más fuertes a nivel mundial y que hizo valer dicha condición en el propio Campeonato argentino.

Este martes, en punto de las 16:30hrs (CT) Mike Páez tendrá su primer examen en los Centroamericanos cuando dispute la prueba de los 10.000mts por puntos.

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Exhibición Internacional de Motociclismo en Arizona

Nov 8, 2014

El acróbata de motocicletas, Jason Britton hace gala de sus habilidades y equilibrio durante el evento.

Kawasaki presenta la nueva H2; Ducati muestra la Scrambler.

Noviembre 7, 2014. Scottsdale, AZ. La exhibición Internacional de Motociclismo, patrocinada por Progressive, abrió sus puertas al público en general este viernes y así permanecerá durante el fin de semana, para que toda la familia pueda ver de cerca los nuevos modelos de motocicletas lanzados por las diferentes empresas, tales como Can-Am, Honda, Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki y Harley Davidson, por mencionar algunas.

Habrá conciertos, rifas de motocicletas y espectáculos acrobáticos; los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de ver las pericias en motocicleta realizadas por el piloto Jason Britton, quien con su control y dominio de su vehículo muestra complejas acrobacias que solo los profesionales como él pueden realizar en ambientes seguros y controlados, pero sobre todo utilizando equipo de protección para evitar accidentes o lesiones.

La exhibición tiene lugar en:

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

En los siguientes horarios:

Sábado. Noviembre 8, 2014, 9:30am – 8:00pm
Domingo. Noviembre 9, 2014, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Fotos: (Job Perez / Bereavision.TV)

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Mike Páez aguarda su debut en el Campeonato del Mundo de Velocidad de Patines

Nov 5, 2014

Guadalajara, Jalisco, 04 de Noviembre de 2014

El patinador mexicano Mike Páez, especialista en pruebas de fondo, ultima detalles para su debut en el Mundial de Rosario 2014.

A escasos 4 días de que arranque el Campeonato Mundial de Patinaje de Velocidad Rosario 2014, los competidores afinan sus patines para salir a la pista a dar su mejor esfuerzo y buscar ganar una medalla.

Y será el sábado 8 de noviembre cuando Mike Páez, oriundo de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, cuyas cartas de representación son ser el máximo medallista internacional del patinaje mexicano con 26 Medallas, así como ser el 1er mexicano en obtener preseas en competencias juveniles y mayores, se prepara debutar en la prueba de eliminación de los 15.000m para posteriormente, en la noche del mismo día, disputar la final de la propia prueba.

Asimismo, Páez, quien también destaca por haber sido el 1er medallista de oro del Patinaje Mexicano internacional en 2011 y por ser el 1er varón mexicano en ganar una presea dentro de un Campeonato del Mundo en 2012, tendrá participación en los días subsecuentes donde tratará de demostrar el por qué es el máximo medallista mexicano en el patinaje.

Es importante mencionar que, en 2011, previo a los Juegos Panamericanos de Guadalajara 2011, Mike Páez estuvo en Rosario, Argentina compitiendo en el V Campeonato Panamericano donde obtuvo el 3er lugar en la prueba de 10.000mts por puntos, por lo que es un aliciente que, seguramente, ayudará al jalisciense en tratar de dejar una nueva y agradable imagen sobre su crecimiento deportivo.

De esta manera, Mike afronta un nuevo reto en su carrera, el cual podrá superar con gallardía y perseverancia, demostrando el progreso que ha tenido con el paso de los años y los torneos que ha disputado, pero siempre tomando como base los principios y valores que le han inculcado para ser un gran patinador.




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Giugliano impone su ritmo bajo las luces de Qatar

Nov 3, 2014

Doha (Qatar), viernes 31 de octubre de 2014 – La tercera sesión de entrenamientos libres del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 en el Circuito Internacional de Losail, ha estado marcada por los constantes cambios que finalmente decidían la lista de los 20 pilotos que tomarán parte en la Tissot-Superpole durante la jornada del sábado.

Tras perderse la FP2 debido a un problema técnico, Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) no ha perdido el tiempo para continuar mejorando, primero escalando hasta la octava plaza para ser sexto poco después y terminar primero como gran favorito de cara a la sesión clasificatoria definitiva.

Por detrás del italiano terminaba segundo Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), que mantenía así su excelente rendimiento y precedía a Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), que terminaba tercero por delante de su compatriota Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team). Éste último se alzaba hasta la cuarta posición en la clasificación combinada de la jornada.

Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y su compañero de equipo Alex Lowes, que sufría una caída durante la tanda, se clasificaban quinto y sexto respectivamente. Tras ellos se situaban Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) y Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), que completaba así la lista de los diez pilotos que pasarán directamente a la Superpole 2.

Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) tendrá que salir en la Superpole 1 después de terminar undécimo, seguido por Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) en la duodécima plaza llevándose de nuevo el italiano el mejor tiempo entre los pilotos de la categoría EVO.

En el equipo Hero EBR volvían las sonrisas cuando Geoff May conseguía meterse entre los 20 pilotos que disputarán la Superpole, una gran recompensa al esfuerzo de la formación en su primera temporada en el Campeonato del Mundo de Superbike.

Tiempos: 1. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’57.876 media 164.308 km/h; 2. Rea (Honda) 1’58.013; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’58.166; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’58.296; 5. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’58.449; 6. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’58.539; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1’58.583; 8. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’58.818; 9. Haslam (Honda) 1’58.989; 10. Elías (Aprilia) 1’59.025; 11. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’59.162; 12. Canepa (Ducati) 1’59.284; 13. Barrier (BMW) 1’59.390; 14. Morais (Kawasaki) 1’59.686; 15. Salom (Kawasaki) 1’59.975; 16. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 2’00.294; 17. Cudlin (Kawasaki) 2’00.436; 18. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2’01.223; 19. Staring (Kawasaki) 2’01.447; 20. May (EBR) 2’01.801; 21. Corti (MV Agusta) 2’02.097; 22. Yates (EBR) 2’02.289; 23. Rizmayer (BMW) 2’03.168; 24. Toth (BMW) 2’04.172.

World Supersport

Los pilotos del Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport han tenido en la jornada de hoy su primer contacto rodando bajo los focos del Circuito Internacional de Losail, durante las dos primeras sesiones de entrenamientos de la ronda final de la temporada. En ellas, Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) se ha erigido en dominador de una jornada que ha terminado con los 11 pilotos más rápidos rodando en…. (Leer más)

1. vd Mark (Honda) 2’02.206 media 158.486 km/h; 2. Mahias (Yamaha) 2’02.634; 3. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 2’02.670; 4. Wilairot (Honda) 2’02.787; 5. Zanetti (Honda) 2’02.919; 6. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’02.923; 7. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 2’03.060; 8. Roccoli (MV Agusta) 2’03.085; 9. Marino (Kawasaki) 2’03.183; 10. Kennedy (Honda) 2’03.371; 11. De Rosa (Honda) 2’03.668; 12. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 2’03.682; 13. Coghlan (Yamaha) 2’03.736; 14. Faccani (Kawasaki) 2’03.749; 15. Debise (Honda) 2’04.226; etc.

Fuente y Foto: www.worldsbk.com

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Gillim claims first AMA Pro SuperSport title following epic battle with Dominguez

Sep 19, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Hayden Gillim emerged as AMA Pro SuperSport champion at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend. Gillim, who had finished second in the points four straight years in his various AMA Pro attempts and three times in AMA Pro SuperSport, had his hands full with Dustin Dominguez, and the battle for the title in 2014 was a true showdown.


The racing was very close – typical of the AMA Pro SuperSport class. Gillim had a two-point lead coming into the event and left with the same margin after he and Dominguez split wins in the Garden State.


“The last three years I have finished short, and to finally to come out to battle for wins every weekend and battle with Dustin, Corey (Alexander) and Wyatt (Farris) and everybody is fantastic. I was finally able to get the No. 1 plate,” Gillim said.


The TOBC Racing pilot won on Saturday in a shortened wet race and set himself up for a scenario where he only needed to follow Dominguez and the Houston Superbikes entry on Sunday. Gillim gave it his best shot to shot at the win in the finale but his second was more than enough to take the crown.


On Saturday, Gillim got off to a solid start, trailing Mark Miller, Jr., on the Mar Del Racing machine. Dominguez was third early, but was cautious in the slightly damp conditions. The Oklahoman upped his pace and was the fastest man on the track as the contest approached the midpoint, but he needed to make up serious ground.


Gillim worked past Miller and pulled away. Dominguez made his way to second by lap eight. The conditions worsened throughout the race and as the leaders were working lap 10, the a red flag flew. Multiple riders, including several fighting inside the top ten, crashed as the rain picked up.

The race was called since the stoppage came after the halfway point. Gillim was the winner ahead of Dominguez and Miller.

“The first couple of laps felt really good,” said Gillim. “But (the rain) started getting thicker and thicker.”

On Sunday, polesitter Dominguez got away second behind Gillim and was able to run strong. Even though Gillim was much friskier than one might expect from a rider just needing to finish second, Dominguez was in a good position and put pressure on Gillim early.

Eventually Dominguez took the lead and seemed to have a little more than Gillim.

Unfortunately for Dominguez, no other rider could join the fray and Gillim stayed on two wheels. Dominguez won the 16-lapper but it was not enough and he ended up two points short in the title chase.


“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good. I was trying to push (Gillim) into making a mistake and he never did. He rode a great race. At the end I decided to pick it up a bit,” said Dominguez.


Gillim admitted the championship wasn’t the only thing on his mind.


“The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle.”


Miller had a great weekend, earning third and fifth. The Maryland native has performed well in AMA Pro competition before, but led Race 1 extensively and was rewarded with his best weekend yet on the Mar Del Racing Yamaha.


“It was amazing to be on the podium with these guys, a dream come true,” said Miller.


Wyatt Farris also earned the podium the next day. Farris fought in the second group on Saturday on his way to fourth but upped his pace in the dry. Farris also finished a clear third in points in a season where he learned plenty.


Farris seemed to be involved in close battles all year, a great situation for the young Californian on the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki.


“It was kind of a crazy race, I didn’t spend too much time with the harder tire and by the time I came to grips with it, they had gotten away,” said Farris, who described his season as solid. “It’s good to finish the year on the box.”


The final championship picture emerged with the checkered flag on Sunday.


Reigning East champ Corey Alexander saw his season slip away late. A couple of tough rounds meant he was out of the title fight. The other Celtic/HVMC pilot won the first three races but was only 23rd and sixth in New Jersey. Alexander held off young ace Kaleb De Keyrel for fourth place by a single point.


De Keyrel and his De Keyrel Racing team rallied on Sunday to jump five spots to fourth place. The 17 year-old earned a podium in 2014 and made a big leap from his first year in class.


Jason Aguilar, another youngster, took sixth in the final points. The Tuned Industries pilot put together the solid season in his first year on the tour. Aguilar’s best moment was his third place at Road America.


Race Worx USA’s JC Camacho was solidly inside the top ten all year long and took seventh in points. The Texan earned seven top tens in 2014.


Three young riders filled the last spots in the point standings, with Cody Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson) leading Excel Racing’s Conner Blevins and TOBC Racing’s Curtis Murray home.


Riders impressing in New Jersey included Justin Jones. The Showtime Inc., pilot was fifth on Saturday. Escalante Racing’s Richie Escalante, from Mexico, took sixth and seventh. Florida’s Tim Hunt earned another eighth place.


Gillim was a fitting champion in another exciting year for the class. Having given it a great shot in previous campaigns, Gillim’s conquest serves as a testament to perseverance and hard racing.


Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Hayes closes out 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season with a victory

Sep 17, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 14, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season enjoyed a fitting conclusion today at New Jersey Motorsports Park as Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes claimed the final checkered flag with the front wheel of his R1 lofted in the air.


Hayes eventually broke free following a frenetic first half to claim the seventh victory of his dominant 2014 campaign with nearly five seconds in hand.

Earlier in the race, Hayes found himself battling with Yoshimura Suzuki Factor Racing teammates Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas, along with his works Yamaha teammate, Cameron Beaubier. Meanwhile, an impressive Bernat Martinez on the Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha YZF-R1 and KTM/HMC’s Chris Fillmore watched closely in tow.


Saturday winner Hayden ran off track on lap 2 and immediately dropped to near the bottom of the top ten. Beaubier slipped past Cardenas into second that same lap but Hayes already had a two-and-a-half-second lead at that point.


However, the Mississippian’s early advantage evaporated in an instant, as he made a mistake of his own; Hayes ran off track and into the dirt in Turn 1 on lap 4 and drop to third behind the Colombian and Californian.


After quickly working back past Cardenas, Hayes found himself nearly two seconds behind his fleet rookie teammate and charged hard to make up the time.


After five laps of whittling away at the gap, Hayes dove back into the lead on lap 9 in Turn 1. A few laps later, Beaubier looked to return the favor. However, the young pilot couldn’t hold his line after storming back through into the lead and crashed out of the race.


At that point Hayes sailed off to claim his 48th career AMA Pro SuperBike victory. The win was Hayes’ ninth at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which doesn’t even count the two other occasions in which he took the checkered flag first but lost out in the final order due to a penalty.


“I was having so much fun other than that stupid off-road thing I did in Turn 1,” Hayes said. “Running down Cam was so hard but I was so enjoying myself and trying so hard. I really used up a lot of my energy trying to do that. We got up there and got to going back and forth. I was absolutely gutted to see Cam fall down. I really wanted to see a Yamaha 1-2.


“The race wasn’t as smooth as it looked, especially after halfway. I felt that I was a sinking ship. They were making little bits of time and there was really nothing I could do to stop taking on water. I had done a lot of damage to the rear tire, I think when I tried to catch Cameron, in the early part of the race and I was really struggling just to maintain. I was trying really hard to maintain what I was doing and I felt like I was losing ground. I don’t know if they were racing together, but finally with a couple laps to go it afforded me an extra second and I was able to relax a little bit and bring it home.”


Hayes reflected on the last six seasons in which he went from SuperBike dark horse to four-time champion.


“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I still try to take it in. I went from to underdog to overdog it seems like overnight. I’m so lucky to have found not just a team but a family. They take care of me and I try to take care of them. The motivation for things like yesterday and today are how hard they work and wanting to do my part. Leadership starts from the top down. I want them to know that every time I get on the motorcycle I’m going to give it everything I have and I feel it ensures they’ll do the same for me. It helps us lift each other when we’re both struggling at different times. In five years you can believe there’s ups and downs and hard times and good times. I think it helps us do all those things. I’ve been lucky to work with a team so long and have so much success.”


Hayden, who came into the weekend with a separated shoulder, clawed his way back up through the field to close in on Cardenas. The two went back-and-forth on the race’s final laps with Hayden ultimately getting the better of the melee to claim second. The result, combined with Beaubier’s misfortunate, allowed the Suzuki rider to steal the runner-up spot in the championship as well.


“The race started off pretty well but I made a little mistake,” Hayden explained. “Josh is really good at getting away in the beginning. I tried to hang with him in the first couple laps and made a mistake and just ran off the track. But I fought all the way back up to second. I’ve got to thank all my guys for all they’ve done for me all year. We finished the year strong, which is exactly what we wanted to do, so this is for them.”


Cardenas claimed his fourth podium result of the season with his Sunday third.


“It was a difficult race because this track is very physical,” Cardenas said. “I wanted to finish a little bit higher on the podium but today this was the maximum I could get. I’m happy for the team to finish on the box, which is always good for me and for the team.”


Fillmore suffered another DNF while Martinez held off ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly’s David Anthony for fourth by a scant 0.019 seconds at the flag. That impossibly small distance was also the difference between fourth and fifth in the 2014 championship for Anthony as he lost out to today’s seventh-place finisher, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chris Clark by a single point in the final tally.


A five-rider pack grouped up mid-distance in the race for sixth through 10th. Sixth ultimately went to the 2014 Canadian Superbike champ, 22-year-old Jodie Christie on the Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies CBR1000RR.


He was followed by Clark, Sunday podium man Larry Pegram on the Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS, GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda’s Chris Ulrich, and TOBC Racing II’s Taylor Knapp.


AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike


2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike champion Jake Gagne closed it out in style on Sunday, running away with the season finale. Gagne won his third contest of the year, topping Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and yesterday’s winner, Dane Westby of Yamalube/Westby Racing.


Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports) earned fourth and was a factor in the battle for second much of the race.


Gagne got a clean start and led the whole way. He managed his gap well, dropping into the mid-1:23 second range when the pack threatened to make inroads on his lead.  After clinching the title on Saturday, Gagne was clearly on a mission to win the finale.


“A few laps in, I saw they were coming from my pit board,” said Gagne. “I was either going to crash out or win it. I wanted to go for it. I started inching away from there.”


At the flag, Gagne lead by 2.562 seconds.


Lewis and Westby looked poised to fight for second to the flag, but Gerloff snuck through and held the spot during the final two laps. The Yamaha factory pilot eased a slight gap and Westby and Lewis battled for the final spot on the box.


Westby set the quick lap of the race after starting poorly from pole.


JD Beach (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) earned another top five to close out the season.


AMA Pro SuperSport


Houston Superbikes’ Dustin Dominguez won a tight 16-lap race in AMA Pro SuperSport over TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim, but Gillim won the championship by two points anyway after winning on Saturday.


Wyatt Farris of Celtic Racing/HVMC earned third to end his year with a podium result.


Dominguez shadowed Gillim in the early going, then took control at the midpoint as the duo hit traffic. Unfortunately for the Dominguez, winning was not enough. He needed other riders to join the battle for the lead and relegate Gillim to at least third in the race standings. That never happened as Dominguez and Gillim finished ten seconds in front of the pack led by Farris.


“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good,” said Dominguez. “Hayden got a good start and I chased him down and tried to pressure him. I thought if we went at it, someone might catch up.”

Gillim made a late run and nearly won the race, finishing just 0.041 seconds back. After finishing second in his championship four straight years, Gillim finally took the No. 1 plate.


“I’d rather fight my hardest and crash away the championship than give away a race. That’s how I’d rather have it. The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle. It’s insane the support I have gotten and I can’t thank everyone enough.”


Farris topped Kaleb De Keyrel (De Keyrel Racing) for third as well as fast local rider Mark Miller Jr., of Mar Del Racing. Miller was a little more than 1.5 seconds from repeating his Saturday podium result.


AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series


It didn’t come without a fair amount of drama and grit, but Ruthless Racing/Trev Deeley Motorcycles’ Danny Eslick ultimately came through to win the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series title.


Eslick came into the weekend needing just a seventh place or better to assure himself the crown, but a major crash in this morning’s qualifying session put his participation in doubt.


His team rebuilt the motorcycle in time for Eslick to hurriedly take the grid from the back row, from where the beaten and bruised Oklahoman battled his way forward.


He crossed the line in sixth at the checkered flag to become the Series’ first two-time champion.

“I ran off the track and wadded it up in the wet grass this morning and pretty much destroyed that motorcycle,” Eslick said. “The Trev Deeley/Ruthless Racing team busted their butts from the time I crashed the motorcycle until the moments before the race. We were pretty close to not making it.


“I’ve ridden it three seasons now and that’s the first time I’ve crashed it. It’s bound to happen and the way these guys are riding – they’re riding incredibly. The level that this Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series has risen to is unbelievable. I used to be able to play around and sandbag a little bit and still have a shot at it, but now you really have to be on your game and work on your set up. Hats off to everybody out there.”

Eslick’s run was far from the only entertainment the day’s contest provided. Up front, a five-rider dice took shape for the win. However, title hopeful Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Ben Carlson was effectively dropped from contention for the win when he was assessed a penalty for anticipating the start. Likewise, NJMP master Shane Narbonne of the Six-Four Motors squad ran off track, costing him precious time and a place in the lead pack.

And Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel’s Harley-Davidson’s Tyler O’Hara just lost touch, leaving Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Steve Rapp and KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman to decide the race.

Wyman slashed into the lead as the two hit slower riders and made the most of the opportunity to drop Rapp and close out the year with a win. Rapp took second, followed by O’Hara, Narbonne, Carlson and Eslick.


“I tried to put my head down from the beginning,” Wyman said. “I got the holeshot from the second row and did my best to push as hard as I could for a whole lap. But Steve came flying by on the front straightaway, and from that point I knew the race was going to be a little different than I wanted it to be. It turned into a pack and I sat there through the middle part of the race. It was getting crazy up front and I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught up in any of that.


“I basically put myself in the right place at the right time at the end. I made a push to the front and I got the lead just as we hit the lappers. The lappers are going to be either way – they’re going to hold you up or give you a big gap. They gave me a gap and I put my head down the last two laps and it worked out great. I’m so happy to get another win this year.”


Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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